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do on this sunday night, health care cliff hanger. new pushback from key republican senators as leadership pushes for a vote on obama carrey peel this week. how tens of millions get coverage is hanging in the balance. violent flight. loud bang and nearly two hours of panic on a packed commercial jet shaking like a washing machine. the pilot telling passengers to pray. frightening fall. a 14-year-old girl hanging on for dear life, then plunging 25 feet from an amusement park ride. a crowd rushing to save her below. help wanted. a record number of job openings in america and companies desperate to fill them. so why the hold-up? amid such high demand. and right on track, life-changing surprises for three inspiring sisters dreaming of the
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olympics. nightly news begins now. from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is nbc nightly news with kate snow. good evening. it will be the talk of capitol hill this week the republican effort to finally make good on a prosemio trepeal and replace obamacare. senate lead verse said they want to vote by the end this week, but with opposition from at least five republican senators, it's unclear if the white house will get the win president trump is looking for. kelly o'donnell has been following all the latest developments. >> reporter: the president's prescription. >> i want to see a kbil with heart. health care is a complicated subject. >> reporter: and his diagnosis of the acute political challenges around the senate republican health care bill. >> you move it this way and this group doesn't like it. you move it a little
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bit over here, you have a very narrow path. and, honestly, nobody can be totally happy. >> reporter: the dissatisfaction is palpable as several reluctant republican senators want to pump the brakes. >> i have a hard time believing that myself or my constituents will be able to review this bill. >> right now i am undecided. >> reporter: for mitch mcconnell and the trump white house, the time crunch is a tool. intended to compel republicans to decide and deliver before the fourth of july firework goes off. tweaks and sweeteners to the proposal will likely come over the next few days. along with an official cost estimate. the proposed health insurance overhaul includes new rules regarding medicaid that are already raising alarm bells. this year under obamacare, 31 states accepted expanded medicaid funding where the federal government pays for 90% of the public insurance plan for lower income americans.
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in 2020, the senate gop proposal would make states pay a larger share, by 2024, the federal government and states would split medicaid costs. conservatives defend that approach, claiming federal money will still be there. >> it's never going to be cut, it's never going to shrink. it will eventually be growing at a slightly lower rate. >> reporter: if states can't afford to pay more, coverage cuts are inevitable. >> the most vulnerable people in our society and health care providers, such as our rural hospitals and nursing home, most of whom are very dependent on the medicaid programs. >> reporter: and this is one instance where they are not trying to build suspense for some political theater, insiders say they just can't predict how this will
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turn out. i'm told that key players are working tonight. they're looking at different variables like adding funding for the opioid epidemic or helping rural hospitals preparing different kinds of provisions that might be needed to win over one last deciding vote. kate. >> kelly o'donnell at the white house for us. and one more note from washington, tomorrow marks the final day of the supreme court term with decisions expected in several closely watched cases. we could also hear if the court will take action on trump's husband li husba husband. from the court plans to take action on the president's travel ban from six muslim-majority countries which is currently blocked by lower courts. separately, there is a lot of speculation about the court's key swing vote justice anthony kennedy now 80 years old, court watch is wondering if he might announce his retirement, something that traditionally
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happens at the end of a term. now to a trio of air scares over the last 72 hours including one caught on camera when a commercial jet with hundreds of passengers on board started violently shaking. for nearly two hours. passengers rattling in their seats, the pilot telling them to pray. we get details from nbc's steve patterson. >> reporter: for 90 terrifying minutes, panic passengers trapped in the sky with this. violent shaking that started with a loud bang. one passenger said it felt like he was in a washing machine. it happened about an hour into airasia flight d 7237. 359 passengers from period of time, petr, australia, bound for malaysia, shuttering so bad the plane forced to turn around. >> please pay attention and also please -- we're doing everything, our survival depends on you cooperating. >> you could tell by the cabin crew's reaction it was bad. >> just kind of go down. >> reporter: finally a safe landing back in perth and no one was hurt. >> airasia experienced an engine failure. it was not a threat to the airplane. it's uncomfortable and unnerving to some passengers, but as far as it is something the
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pilot's train for. >> reporter: it was just the latest midair incident. >> we just evacuated a plane. >> reporter: on friday, smoke filled the cockpit from new york to ft. lauderdale, the plane forced to land in charleston. >> we had to make an emergency landing and we got to use the slidy door thing. >> reporter: and on saturday, an american airlines flight from philadelphia to frankfurt, germany, turned around after three hours. passengers was told there was a possible navigation malfunction. >> i spent six hours traveling nowhere. i'm frustrated, but i will be going home, thankfully. >> reporter: series of incidents in the sky all ending free of tragedy, but full of fear and frustration. steve patterson, nbc news. >> from that to a scare closer to the ground, but no less harrowing, a teenage girl dangling, from an amusement park ride plunging 25 feet
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in front of horrified onlookers. good samaritans using their bodies to break her fall, perhaps saving her life. nbc's katie beck has the video. >> reporter: dangling in distress, 25 feet above the ground. >> her neck is stuck. >> a 14-year-old girl hangs on for dear life in a six flags great escape ride in upstate new york. >> i saw this young person dangling by just her arms and head basically. off the chair. >> a group gathers beneath. the child's younger brother sitting beside her screaming for help. >> oh my god. >> so i looked up and said honey, let go, i promise i'll catch you. >> reporter: this good samaritan at the park with his daughter, leanne, suffered a back injury trying to catch her, they say she fell into both of them. >> thank you. thank you very much. >> you know, security guards were saying everyone back up, i was like no, if she falls i'm going to save her. this little girl is not dying on my watch. >> reporter: the teen is now in stable condition. six flags released this statement in part saying this morning the new york
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department of labor has cleared the ride for operation. out of an abundance of caution, the ride will remain closed while we conduct a thorough internal review. >> find out, you know, if there was a problem when they were loading the ride, find out if they did the daily check sheet for the ride. >> reporter: in april, a roller coaster near baltimore left two dozen passengers stuck sky high for nearly four hours. and last month in california, a young boy flew off a water slide at the emerald glenn park. thankfully only suffering minor injuries. >> there's absolutely no one source of amusement ride enforcement, each state is left up to enforce their own rules the way they see fit. >> reporter: reminder to thrill seekers, they come with a risk. katie beck, nbc news, atlanta. overseas now to a tragic inferno in pakistan. started with a crash
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involving an overturned oil tanker truck, hundreds of villagers had gathered to collect spilled fuel when the truck suddenly burst into flames, killing at least 153 people in in punjab province in the east part of that country. nbc's lucie cavanaugh has more. >> reporter: anguish and disbelief in pakistan today as an ordinary road accident turned into a deadly inferno. a speeding oil tanker carrying thousands of gallons of fuel on a rural stretch of highway this morning blew a tire and flipped. bursting into flames 45 minutes later. this video showing the calm before the blast. with locals, many of whom live less than $3 a day rushing to the scene. using buckets and shopping bags to collect the valuable fuel leaking from the damaged tanker. witnesses say the crowd numbered in the hundreds before the explosion. this man says, someone lit a match to smoke a cigarette when suddenly the explosion happened. engulfing the villagers. my uncle escaped he says, but his son died. this is all that's left of the vehicles. many of the victims, including at least 20
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children, were burned beyond recognition. officials say they'll have to be identified using dna, something that could take weeks. distraught relatives gathered at local hospitals, desperate for word of loved ones. many of the survivors suffered serious burns, alive, but charred by the blaze. the army rushing about 40 of the most critically wounded by helicopter to other hospitals. for muslims across the world, this was supposed to be a night of celebration. with the faithful gathering to mark the end of islam's holy month of ramadan. but in pakistan tonight, grief, mourning, and funerals to plan. lucie cavanaugh, nbc news. there are new concerns being raised tonight about so called alt-right holding one of several competing rallies in
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the nation's capital this sunday as watch dog groups warn their racial rhetoric is spreading. including recruitment on college campuses, we get more from nbc's morgan ratford. >> reporter: today in washington, conservative rallies, fighting over the future of the country. >> build a wall! >> reporter: and who it should belong to. many gathered here are part of a new movement called the alt-right. which believes in protecting white european identity. ideas traditionally associated with white supremacy. it was coined by richard spencer just a few years ago. he credits the election of president trump with thrusting the movement into the national spotlight. >> donald trump was an indispensable vehicle for the rise of the alt-right. >> reporter: do you think this election brought you closer to the mainstream? >> no question. we unquestionably we brought to the main stream through donald trump talking about our issues. >> reporter: issues like immigration reform, american jobs, and free speech. their message wrapped in symbolism many say is reminiscent of
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nazi, germany. >> hail victory. >> reporter: their endorsement of trump isn't mutual, the president has denounced all forms of bigotry. still the alt-right has become a growing concern for watchdog organizations. who say they are particularly dangerous because they target young people through social media and on college campuses. >> today, they're wearing business suits, make no mistake, 100 years ago, they were wearing white hoods. today, they're just hiding behind twitter accounts and social media. >> reporter: nathan is the founder of a an alt-right group. >> we are self-started with about 12 members last year, now we have about 625 members. and we're looking to double that next year. >> you will not replace us. you will not replace us. >> reporter: a growing membership that experts say is more threatening in the dark. does talking about these groups hurt or help? >> we owe it to ourselves and to the public to call this out. when we take our eye off the ball, the bad guys move on to the field. can't allow that to happen. >> reporter: it's not just political institutions that are now facing challenges
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in how to handle this movement. at the most recent convention of the southern baptist church, they grappled with the resolution to condemn the alt-right and it just goes to show that this struggle isn't confined to rallies in d.c., it's also a struggle right here in our communities, kate. >> morgan ratford, thank you. still ahead tonight, workers wanted. american company with millions of jobs to fill. why are so many jobs still sitting open? to the streets for a worldwide celebration of pride.
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back now with the story of the giant help hv wanted sign hanging over america as the recovery from the great recession continues, the bureau of labor statistics reports the country now has a record-setting 6 million jobs open. but even with so many openings, employers are struggling to find qualified workers. nbc stephanie rule explains why. >> reporter: larimer, county, colorado needs people. at 2.3%, colorado has the country's lowest unemployment rate. at the work force center, a shift in focus. >> we are certainly still helping people find positions, but a lot of the external pressures on us are towards helping employers find skilled workers. >> reporter: this northern colorado area add 20,000 jobs in the past five years, but only 11,000 people. local employers will have another 28,000 openings to fill over the next five years. it's a story playing out nationwide with unemployment now at
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4.3%. the rate of increase in job openings far outpacing the increase in actual hires. many employers point to a skills gap in the labor force. a mismatch between the jobs they're trying to fill and the workers needed to fill them. >> about 95% of hiring is to hire people who are experienced. and so what they're after are people with quite specific skills. >> reporter: but critics of the skills gap idea point the finger at employers. they argue, with unemployment so low, companies should feel pressure to boost wages. instead, what we've seen since the last recession ended in 2009, is stagnating wage growth. >> employers are reluctant to raise wages. we understand why, but as the economy tightens, it gets more difficult to hire people. >> we're here today to celebrate the dignity of work. >> reporter: earlier this month, president
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trump signed an executive order expanding federal funding for apprenticeship programs. from northern colorado, the help can't come soon enough. >> almost every employer that we speak to is having trouble finding the skilled candidates that they need. >> reporter: and employers may have to start digging deeper into their own pockets to get the resource they need most. people. stephanie rule, nbc news, new york. and the program note, stay tuned for megyn kelly's interview with j.d. vance whose personal story about growing up in a poor family from appalach appalachia, as being read on a dissertation on working class america. that's coming up tonight, sunday night with megyn kelly right here on nbc. up next tonight, tiny little pictures
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a wave of pride
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today around the world from paris to mexico city and here in the u.s. marchers took to the streets in cities from new york and minneapolis to san francisco and seattle. where a sea of thousands packed colorful parade routes waving flags, cheering, and dancing. part of a month long celebration of lgbtq triumphs and highlighting the fight for rights that is still ongoing. omg, there is a whole new way to express yourself coming to your smart phone. over 100 new ways in fact a fresh batch of emojis, the tiny pictures that millions of teens and let's face it, more than a few adults use to communicate these days. but do you ever wonder where they come from and who decides what's in and what's out? we sent jolene kent to find out. >> reporter: if a picture is worth a thousand words, an emoji might be worth 1,000 texts. 137 new little pictures are headed your way, broccoli, zombies, t rex, and
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dumplings. emojis are everywhere, six billion sent every single day. there's even an emoji movie. >> we're watching a whole new meme of expression that's used around the world, come into being right in front of our very eyes. >> reporter: greg welch is a director at the nonprofit that decides which emojis will get made and writes the code that creates them. >> our process is open. this is what i said, it's not a dark stark chamber. you can actually go on the website and look at the list of emojis that are in the vetting. >> reporter: anyone can propose it, once it's approved -- >> this one. >> reporter: designers at tech companies like apple and google get to work. >> different companies have different types of emojis, apple has their own set and google and android have their own set. >> reporter: rachel bean heads up the design team at google that brings emowies to
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life. >> we kind of design the look and feel and the concepts behind what they look like. >> reporter: it includes gender neutral people and the woman in a head scarf, all requested by the public. >> we wanted to try and disassociate from these really cultural stereotypes of genders of putting women in pink and men in blue. and kind of move beyond that. >> reporter: you have a lot of power as you design emoji. >> i think that's an incredible part, that it's a really open process. and that's cool. that anyone in the world can simply an emoji. >>. >> reporter: the new set of emojis are arriving on your smart phones now. nbc news, san francisco.
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finally tonight, an update to a story we first brought you this spring, about three sisters, junior olympians tearing it up on the track in spite of the fact that at night, they had no home to rest their heads. oh how their lives have changed since then. our kristen dolgren tonight with the inspiring update. >> reporter: at first glance, the sheppard sisters look like any other star struck fans at the u.s. track and field outdoor championships in sacramento. but these three have come a long way.
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>> where are you from. >> england. >> new york. >> reporter: in more ways than one. we first met brook, rain, and ty last march in a brooklyn homeless shelter. where they all shared one bed with their mom, tonya. the girls, 9, 11, and 12 found track. >> track gives us hope and strength to move on from our problems. >> reporter: they also found success, winning medals, landing magazine covers, since our story aired, comedian tyler perry offered to pay rent for two years. now in a new apartment, tanya has a new job. >> hi, how you doing? >> reporter: and this weekend, the girls got a vip invitation to the nationals. to meet some of the greatest athletes of all time. olympic gold medallist allison felix and carl lewis. >> big smiles. >> reporter: sprinter justin gatlin gave them his first place medal. >> thank you! >> it was very exciting and mind-blowing. >> reporter: and high jumper cunningham brought brook on to the podium.
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the sheppards haven't forgotten out hard it was to get here. >> our past is still like, it's still apart of us and just because we have all of this now and going for it doesn't mean we have to change because it. >> oh thank you. >> reporter: in fact they say after seeing this, they plan to work even harder. >> never stop doing what you think you're capable of doing because of what other people say. >> reporter: and what's next for you guys? >> olympics. >> reporter: for now though, it's time to go home. which may not be such a bad thing, now that it's finally a place of their own. kristen dolgren, nbc news, sacramento. >> just terrific. that is nbc nightly news for this sunday night. lester holt will be in tomorrow, i'm kate snow reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, have a great night. we )re following breakin.
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investigators have found a dismembered body in hayward. we're following breaking news. after investigators found a dismembered body in hhayworth, sources say it could be a man missing for more than six weeks. >> thank you for joining us on this sunday night. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm terry mcsweeney. a story we first broke tonight at 5:00. sources tell us that a dismembered body has been found in boxes inside a hayward warehouse and that body is believed to be a missing san francisco man that has not been seen since mother's day. he drove for uber was a husband and father. the gruesome discovery came

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